Thomson Reuters has been awarded the contract to deliver the new digital justice platform, which will allow court users to file documents quickly and easily online, digitally access court case information online, pay fees online and connect virtually to hearings. It will also allow individuals to manage court appearances online and receive decisions electronically.
The funding was revealed June 18.
Attorney General Doug Downey
The Courts Digital Transformation initiative was first announced in November 2021 and is a major part of the province’s Justice Accelerated Strategy, a multiyear plan to harness technology to break down barriers in the justice system and speed up access to services, whether remotely, in person and online.
Ontario Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz and Ontario Court of Justice Chief Justice Sharon Nicklas said in a joint statement they applauded the government’s investment and support towards the modernization of court processes, procedures and technology.
“[The courts] remain committed partners in this critical modernization project and to collaborating with our justice partners to replace several antiquated technology programs with a more seamless and streamlined system to support both courts and across business lines,” the two said.
In February 2022, the Ontario government announced an investment of $65 million over five years to ensure more courtrooms across the province are equipped with technology to enable people to access hearings through video or audio.
More information on Ontario's Justice Accelerated Strategy can be found here.
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